What’s On? Splendour in the Grass 22-24 July
If you happen to be among the lucky people who scored tickets to this year’s Splendour in the Grass, held at North Byron Parklands 22-24 July, then pat yourself on the back. This extremely popular festival, which started in 2001, almost always sells out on the first day. But now that you are coming, you need to start planning the weekend holiday.
If you didn’t purchase the camping and parking, then you’re in need of place to stay. If you’d like to stay somewhere outside of the busy festival crowds or main centre of town, head over to the Broken Head Holiday Park where you can camp out or rent a beach shack for the long weekend.
Also, you should take advantage of the bus service that runs between the festival and several areas in the Byron Bay area including downtown Byron Bay and Suffolk Park (close to Broken Head).
There is a reason that Splendour in the Grass surged in popularity over the last 15 years, and that’s because the festival attracts big-name international musicians such as Kanye West, Coldplay, Lily Allen, Outkast, 360 and Empire of the Sun.
This year’s headliners include The Strokes, The Cure, The Avalanches and Flume. But there are many other exciting groups playing over the three-day festival such as Band of Horses, Sigur Ros, James Blake, Santigold, Tegan & Sara and At the Drive-In. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg—check out the full Splendour in the Grass line up to see who is playing when so you can plan your weekend.
Other Festival Happenings
If you don’t jive with the music on the stage at any given time during the three days, it’s the perfect time to check out all the other things going on at the Splendour in the Grass sideshows.
Splendour in the Grass sideshows:
- Tipi Forest: Dance the day and night away while in this popular attraction at the festival. A variety of DJs and music producers will spin the tunes over the three days.
- Global Village: Head over here to experience aspects of the Australian culture such as workshops in yoga and dance, morning meditations, chants with the Tibetan monks, live art, massages, and so much more.
- Splendour Comedy Club: Make your sides hurt from laughter when you hang out any of the nights of the festival at the comedy club, which will feature four shows, starting on Thursday night with 10 up and coming comedians from Australia
- Busker’s Stage: Now in its fifth year, this stage features acoustic-based local acts, such as Hayley Grace, Matthew Armitage, Simon Doe and Tay Oskee. The stage will runs acts from 1 to 4 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- The World Stage: New to Splendour in the Grass, the World Stage will showcase contemporary world music groups from Australia and the international stage.
- Splendour Forum: Seven years and counting, this part of the festival weekend allows you to listen to everything from prominent and interesting thinkers and politicians to musicians and activists in various formats such as live discussion, panels, debates, interviews, Q&As and more.
- Smirnoff House: Pretty much what you’d guess—drinks in a place where you can relax with your friends.
- Splendour Arts: View new artwork by Australian contemporary artists that include performance, painting, installation, video and sculpture.
- Splendour in the Craft: Get your craft on when you visit this area and bring home some awesome, handmade stuff.
- Little Splendour: A festival for the kids complete with a fully fenced and secure area and tons of activities each day from about midday to 6pm. Babysitting and baby change/breastfeeding tipi are available until midnight.
Keep in mind these rules for the weekend
Make sure to abide by the festival regulations while you attend the excellent music shows, and you will have a great time. Things like outside alcohol, metal or plastic water bottles, chairs, video and audio recording devices (like a GoPro) except for mobile phones and no animals are not allowed. For a full list of banned items, check here and for festival FAQs, check here.
Stay at Broken Head away from the busy festival grounds
If you coming for the Splendour in the Grass festival, then you’re in luck. You’ll hit the Byron Bay area during the low season, which means you’ll enjoy the lowest rates for all of our accommodation options: from un-powered campsites, to beach houses. So go ahead and book your stay with us at Broken Head Holiday Park and rest easy knowing you got a great rate for your holiday stay—in fact, why not extend your stay past the festival and enjoy some more Byron Bay activities after the crowds leave? You’ll be glad you did!